The Hunger Games is the first book of the Suzanne Collins trilogy which also includes Catching Fire and Mockingjay. This Young Adult series has gone viral across genre and age lines and has a lot to talk about…poverty, celebrity, genetic engineering, friendship, fashion, mental illness, love, hate, cake-decorating and war.
Katniss is a teenager trying to keep her family from starving who ends up with two cute boyfriends and a death sentence from a government brutalizing an entire nation with very little bread and an annual circus of adolescent death rivaling the body count in teen slasher films.
This is a mash up of the plots of Shirley Jackson’s classic short story The Lottery and “Robin Hood”. Add some “American Idol”, some American Revolution, manipulate Romeo and Juliet on the set of “Survivor” and throw in a couple of quick edits from a “Saw” movie. Sounds sick…and it is…I wish I’d written it.
The Hunger Games will be discussed at the Fireside Book Group on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011 at 2 pm at the Klondike Branch of TCPL. There will also be a special evening book discussion at the Klondike Branch on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011 at 7 pm. Both discussions are open to all interested readers.